Vol. 8 No. 2 (2020): A Journal of Strategic Studies, Winter 2020

Afghanistan at the Cross-Roads after Doha Agreement

Muhammad Khurshid Khan
Principal at Cadet College Palandri, Azad Kashmir
A Journal of Strategic Studies Summer 2020, CISS Insight Winter 2020
Published February 2, 2021
  • Future discourse,
  • Alliance vs adversary,
  • Distinct regional complex,
  • Imperial overreach,
  • Fragile peace,
  • Afghan peace process
  • ...More
How to Cite
Muhammad Khurshid Khan. (2021). Afghanistan at the Cross-Roads after Doha Agreement. CISS Insight Journal, 8(2), P95-115. Retrieved from https://journal.ciss.org.pk/index.php/ciss-insight/article/view/198


Afghanistan is a country which continued to remain under crises since the late 1970s. Even after the Soviet departure, the peace could not be restored due to the internal strife. The incident of 9/11, invited new trouble which enabled the US forces to enter in Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. It was presumed that on the US withdrawal, Afghan security forces duly organized by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) would be able to maintain peace in Afghanistan. But, since 2014 when Afghan forces assumed command from the ISAF, they are gradually melting down in face of the Taliban’s onslaught and the country is back in a state of political uncertainty. Due to compelling reasons, the US is in a hurry to leave Afghanistan. Thus, after a brief pause, they resumed talks with the Taliban, and finally, the two sides signed a historical accord at Doha on 29 February 2020. It’s anyone guesses as to what kind of security environments would emerge in Afghanistan after America’s departure. Yet, it is suggested that the key players involved in the Afghan peace process must avoid the ‘alliance vs adversary game’ by engaging all stakeholders to carve out a ‘way forward’, guaranteeing a ‘stable political order’ in Afghanistan.